Welcome to yumsome, where you will be transported to a world filled with heady aromas, a world of exotic locations, a world of culinary delights. A world which, during those times you’re not able to be elsewhere, you can explore through my words and pictures, and your own skills in the kitchen.
How can I help you?
I’m guessing that you’re here because you want delicious vegan/plant-based food that’s easy to make with readily-available ingredients. Am I right? Well lucky you, you’ve come to the right place!
Almost all of my recipes can be made with basic store-cupboard ingredients, and those that can be easily sourced from farmers markets and grocery stores. Occasionally, you may find ingredients you can’t buy on the high street, in which case, they are easily bought online from retailers such as Amazon, iHerb, BuyWholeFoodsOnline, Real Food Source, etc. I always provide links to make life even easier for you!
Why trust your tummies to me?
Also for as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to cook. I put it down to my Venetian genes (my father was Venetian, my mother, British). At least, that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!
Umm… the part about why I love to cook, not my heritage!
When not blogging, writing for food magazines, or working as a vegan menu consultant for restaurants and cafés, I run occasional cookery workshops.
My food is on the menus of guesthouses, cafés, and restaurants around the world, as far afield as Japan and Thailand to the USA, and (almost) everywhere in between! More locally, my cakes and savouries can be enjoyed in many cafés around Britain.
My mission is to demonstrate that great food doesn’t have to be complicated, and that it doesn’t have to be full of unfamiliar, expensive, ‘fashionable’ ingredients. More importantly, that it doesn’t have to cost the earth… in more ways than one.
Since early childhood, I have lived a pretty nomadic existence (I’ve had over 50 homes around the world!), and food is often a big factor in where I choose to live and visit.
For example, the local cuisine was the main reason I went to live in Kerala (South India) a few years back. The food was astonishing – truly astonishing – and I learned that everything I thought I knew about Indian food was basically wrong!
Or rather, that there is a world of difference between British Indian food (yum!) and Indian Indian food (super-yum!). Keralan food now sits atop my list of favourite cuisines, in the company of Khmer… and Italian, of course.
In many places I’ve lived, I’ve made friends with local restaurant and café owners, and cooked in their kitchens with them. They were utterly brilliant experiences! I’m incredibly grateful to have been able to cook in kitchens all over the world, and now I bring that experience to you… along with veganised versions of traditional family favourites!
I love cucina povera – simple, frugal, delicious food… no matter where in the world it comes from. As one of my culinary heroes, Carluccio, always said, good food should be MOFMOF – minimum of fuss, maximum of flavour!